2018 FNB Dusi Canoe
Steve Botha the new FNB Dusi boss
Camps Drift - With welcome rains sweeping across KwaZulu-Natal the winds of
change have swept through Natal Canoe Club with Steve Botha taking over as
the General Manager of the club as well as taking on the role of General
Manager for the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 15-17 February 2018.
Botha recently displayed his ability to organise an event when he took up
the responsibility of putting together the ICF Canoe Marathon World
Championships at Camps Drift in September at the eleventh hour, an event
that was celebrated by locals and internationals alike.
The three-day journey from Pietermaritzburg to Durban has become one of the
most iconic events in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and Botha's belief is
that he felt that the rank and file paddlers deserve more attention, as
these are the athletes that make up the majority of your numbers.
"I think that we can all agree that the Marathon World Championships was a
great success and we want to carry that momentum through to the Dusi in a
few months’ time and I hope that we will be seeing a lot of paddlers on the
start line in February," Botha commented.
"We are making quite a few changes to the event that fits into my idea of
making the race about the paddlers.
"I've done over 20 Dusi's so I think that I have a good understanding of
what is expected from the rank and file paddler and I hope that I can carry
those requirements over to this year's race."
2018 will mark the 67th running of the Dusi Canoe Marathon, a race has
developed a powerful reputation over the years and Botha believes that the
changes don't have to be wholesale.
"We are going to just make a few small changes that make the experience for
the paddler a better one.
"One example was that at the end of the first day this year it took me 15
minutes to get off the water because the exit was so muddy and slippery, and
when I did there was nowhere for me to have a shower. So we will have those
facilities available for paddlers.
"It was also incredibly hot so we want to try and make it a more pleasant
experience for paddlers when they get off the water next year,” he said.
Botha's racing experience has given him a keen insight into how the majority
of the field feel in terms of the overall experience of the race. He
understands the needs of the so-called ‘fish-and-chips’ paddler better than
"There is nothing more frustrating when you are near the back of the field
and you get to the top of Campbell's Portage and there is no more cold
"I can assure you that every paddler doing the FNB Dusi in 2018 will have
cold water available to them. If you get there last there will cool drink
and cold water for you," he emphasised.
Botha and his organising team are going by the mantra 'for the paddler, by
the paddler' as they prepare for the event in three months’ time.
"As a paddler I think that I have an understanding of what is required and
everything that I put in for the 2018 Dusi will be for the paddlers," Botha
He invited any paddler with thoughts or comments to contact him by email of
at the Dusi office, using the details available on the Dusi website.
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FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon logo (Landscape) - GIF
FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon logo
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Having organised a successful
World Marathon Championships in September, new Natal Canoe Club and FNB
Dusi Canoe Marathon General Manager Steve Botha hopes that the 2018 Dusi
will be one to remember from 15-17 February 2018.
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